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As part of the festivities in honor of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15, Obscura Digital, internationally recognized creative technology innovators, transformed the historic faade of Pier 15 into a spectacular, interactive odyssey through micro and macro phenomena on multiple time scales. Catch a sneak peak of our new nine-acre campus at Piers 15/17 with Building Operations Manager Chuck Mignacco. Learn about features of the building that will help us achieve our goal of becoming the largest net-zero energy use museum in the United States.
Come see for yourselfdoors open at Pier 15 on April 17, 2013.
In this historical video from 1996, which was originally made for a museum floor installation, we learn about both the Palace of Fine Arts and the roots of the Exploratorium. This piece mixes footage from films in the Exploratorium's collection and interviews with historians, architects, and museum staff. Join the Live@ crew and NASA scientists as we delve into the ancient knowledge of the Chacoans, daily sky watchers who amassed a great knowledge about the movements of the sun. And learn why today's astronomers and solar physicists continue to watch the sun, using modern ground-based observatories and orbiting space telescopes. Founding Dean of the Architecture Program at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), David Meckel began his career in the Eames Office in the 1970's. Focusing on the day to day experiences of working with Charles and Ray Eames, David will portray a day in the life of the office with the images, people, and idiosyncratic pleasures that made up the rich and dynamic environment that served as the laboratory for these two great designers. In a broad-ranging look at the impact of Eames design on contemporary culture, Steve Cabella hosts a discussion with Joseph Rosa, Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Ever see a burning udder? Or a cement block crush a fax machine? Mechanical artistry takes new forms of whimsy as noted MIT sculptor/inventor Arthur Ganson creates tense moments of anticipation in Chain Reaction.